My work went above and beyond for my bridal shower. I had no clue anything was in the works, and then the mysterious Microsoft Outlook calendar appointment appeared titled “Your Bridal Shower.” I went into the office of my co-workers and was dumbfounded—I never imagined that my work was going to throw me a bridal shower. If anything, I thought that I would be asking them to attend mine!
The best part was that it was scheduled for the very next week!
I was so excited because it would coincide with when my mom would be in town. This was super cool since she lives so far away, and wasn’t able to do a lot of wedding related things with me. Later that evening I told Mr. Pashmina about the fun news. He wasn’t shocked in the slightest, as he had been in on it! He was the one that suggested the time so my mom could be part of it. What a good guy! And, he was the one who told them to tell me, because I was planning on taking the day off to hang with mom.
The day of the shower something else cool happened: I got comp tickets to he world premiere of Sex in the City: Part 2. When my mom showed up at my work for the shower I surprised her with the news! It was going to be the most girly day EVER!
As we approached the room that the bridal shower was in, the doors were mysteriously closed. A picture of me and Mr. P was hanging on the door—they must have downloaded it from my blog. Haha…very sneaky! When I opened the door the place was prettier than I have ever seen! Flowers, cute teddy bears, pink hearts, little lights, romantic quotes, and food, to boot! There was so much thought put in to it. It was hands down the best party my work has ever thrown. As a non-profit with zero funds for these types of things, all my co-workers went above and beyond, contributing not only with gifts, but with time decorating, making the food, and with everyone showing up to shower us with love.
We played two super fun games. One was a romantic version of Mad Libs. Some of the prompts were “Your Sweetie,” “A Body Part,” etc. It ended up being a letter to your love. Mine was hilarious, and I think I made quite a few people blush without even trying! The other game was a version of “Guess Who I Am”—the game where you have a person’s name taped to your back on an index card and you have to go around asking people questions until you guess who you are. The spin was that all of the people were part of a celebrity couple. So the first part of the game was going around asking people questions to try to figure out who you were. We didn’t know the second part until it was announced that you needed to find your romantic match. After everyone found their pair, there was a third part of the game. The couple was asked to write a note to me and Mr. Pashmina in character. People really got into their characters and captured the celebrities so well. It was really funny listening to some of them being read, many in character.
Then I opened presents! I was gifted a set of dishes from Crate and Barrel that were on our registry. This was really cool because since everyone pitched in for one large present, we were able to get the complete set of dishes. Then I was gifted with a laundry hamper—and this was FULL of gag gifts. But, at the time, I didn’t understand that they were gag gifts. I thought they were just odds and ends, so I was commenting on how nice these things were and how they would come in handy, not quite getting that they were suppose to be funny! They told me later they were gag gifts. LOL. One of my coworkers made me a bouquet with all the ribbons for good luck!
As a side note, the cute little teddy bears in bride and groom outfits aren’t just decorations. This is actually part of the office tossing of the baton. Who ever gets engaged gets to hold on to the bears. I got them after about 2 years of one person having them, but I only had them for two weeks! I think they have had five or six homes since the tradition started. They made their way back to me for the party even though they currently weren’t in my possession. It is pretty fun to pass them off to the next person. I secretly left them for my person, who was somewhat new and didn’t know of their existence.
Oh, and I couldn’t help but adding pictures from the Sex in the City 2 premiere. A bunch of my coworkers and I jetted off after the party to Radio City Music Hall. As it was an unexpected treated, we were all super bummed we didn’t get to dress up all flirty like everyone in line. But it was soo fun, and a perfect ending to a wonderful day!
Did your job throw you a bridal shower? What games did you play? How did it turn out? Do you have any tips for throwing a successful office bridal shower?
- NYC/Catalina Island, CA
- Arts Education
- Wedding Date:
- July 2010
- Catalina Country Club, Catalina Island, California